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  1. 9 Optum updates to know

    Optum, parent company of ASC company SCA Health, is having a huge year in acquisitions, spending almost $8 billion. 
  2. Court rules drug, not physician, caused ASC patient's death 

    A jury found that an Abingdon, Md.-based pain physician was not liable in the death of a patient who was injected with a contaminated steroid during a procedure at an ASC, The Daily Record reported Aug. 10. 
  3. Kaiser Permanente posts $1.3B loss in Q2 & 4 more updates 

    Oakland, Calif.-based Kaiser Permanente reported a net loss of $1.3 billion for the second quarter of this year. 

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  1. 528K jobs added to workforce in July as unemployment rate improves

    About 528,000 jobs were added to the U.S. economy in July, nearly doubling economist projections, and bringing the unemployment rate down to 3.5 percent. 
  2. 6 new ASCs in 2022

    From pediatric complexes to $80 million outpatient facilities, new ASCs are popping up every month. 
  3. What's drawing hospital systems to ASCs?

    The demand for ASCs from hospitals and health systems continued to grow over the past few years, according to a national survey by Avanza Healthcare Strategies.
  4. Hospitals, health systems plan to ramp up ASC investments

    ASCs are becoming increasingly popular with hospitals and health systems as more than 6 in 10 plan to increase their investments in ASCs, according to a national survey by Avanza Healthcare Strategies.

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  1. Gastroenterology Consultants PA to settle data breach class-action suit

    Houston-based Gastroenterology Consultants PA has agreed to settle consumer claims that the practice failed to protect consumers from a data breach last year, Top Class Actions reported Aug. 11.
  2. New Jersey medical office building with SCA Health ASC sold

    A medical office building with a SCA Health affiliated ASC in Hackettstown, N.J., has been sold, reported Aug. 11.
  3. California, Georgia and North Carolina: 3 spine ASCs recently announced

    In the last four months, Becker's has reported on one spine surgery center that opened in Georgia and two more in the works in California and North Carolina.
  4. Milestones and new centers: 7 ASC robotics updates

    Three ASCs recently achieved milestones in robotic surgery, three new ASCs with robotics were built or announced, and one introduced a new robotic surgery line.

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  1. What ASCs need to know about monkeypox: 8 notes

    With hospitals bracing themselves for more monkeypox cases, ASCs should also be prepared for the infectious disease to surge. 
  2. Pennsylvania physician gets year in prison for illegal substance distribution

    Newtown Square, Pa.-based physician Charles Garo Avetian, MD, was sentenced to one year and one day in prison for assisting in distributing controlled substances and submitting false income tax returns, DelCo Times reported Aug. 10. 
  3. Dr. Steven Shin performs wrist surgery on MLB player at Kerlan-Jobe ASC

    Steven Shin, MD, performed wrist surgery on Alex Kirilloff of the MLB's Minnesota Twins, The Athletic reported Aug. 10.
  4. 5 orthopedic updates for ASC leaders

    Surgery Partners performed about 25,400 orthopedic procedures in the second quarter and four more orthopedic updates Becker's has reported on since Aug. 3:
  5. 5 recent cardiology updates for ASC leaders

    A new outpatient cardiovascular tower and four more cardiology updates Becker's has reported on since July 15:
  6. New York hospital scraps multiple outpatient practices

    Middletown, N.Y.-based Garnet Health is scaling back on several outpatient services because of low patient volumes, increasing costs and supply shortages, News 12 Westchester reported Aug. 11.
  7. 9.1% inflation intensifies ASC, physician economic woes

    U.S. inflation is currently at 9.1 percent, a 21-year high, and impending Medicare reimbursement cuts along with increasing overhead costs and staff wages are decreasing the already fine margins under which many ASCs and physician-owned practices operate. 
  8. Highest-paying physician specialties in the US | 2022

    Cardiology is the highest-paying U.S. physician specialty, according to a Aug. 8 report from Forbes. 
  9. Multi-role ophthalmologists: 5 to know

    An ophthalmologist who is also a published author and four other ophthalmologists who hold multiple positions to know:

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